Corylopsis sinensis is commonly called the Chinese winter hazel. Flowering in late winter, the long arching stems are covered with buttery yellow catkins.
Foliage is a mid to pale green with toothed leaves turning to yellow in autumn. This is a small growing tree that will reach around 3 – 4 metres in height.
How to Grow Corylopsis sinensis
- Best grown in a sunny position with protection from the hot afternoon sun in warmer climates.
- A humus rich well drained soil is best. A position in the cooler part of the garden is best.
- Dig the soil over well and add some aged cow manure.
- Plant at the same depth your Chinese winter hazel. was in its container.
- Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Mulch around the plant to provide a cool moist root run.
Pruning Corylopsis sinensis
Over time the plant will form long arching canes. You can remove some of the lower canes to open up around the plant and perhaps plant some bulbs.
- Older canes can also be removed after a few years to promote new growth.
- The best time to prune is immediately after flowering.
This is a tree that is native to northern China, it will form multiple trunks over time, flowers are slightly fragrant and for masses of colour in late winter it makes an excellent small tree.
Frost tolerant and easy care.
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